Tag Archives: Children of God

Matthew 17-Children of God

And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee. Matthew 17:24-27

Again we see the religious leaders “testing” Jesus to see what he will do, we seen this throughout the gospels, the religious leaders trying to trap Christ in doing something morally wrong. Obviously they misunderstood that Jesus is God in the flesh, they were actually testing God , and so their continual attempts failed time and time again.

They asked Peter “Does your Master (Jesus) pay the two drachmas or tribute” this was a temple tax that all Jews were required to pay to support the temple, suppor the priests and buy sacrifices, ect. The religious leaders were hoping Jesus would refuse to pay, so they could bring charges against him. As Jesus said to Peter “So that we should not offend them” Christ paid the tax

Now a few things were revealed during this moment, first Jesus asked Peter “Do Kings collect money from their own family or from others”? Peter answered from others, so Jesus said “The sons are exempt” but The Lord paid it anyway not to offend anyone. However Jesus was revealing here, that since they are Children of God, they are exempt from the tax. Remember the Temple belongs to God, this was His sacred space before Christ instituted the New Covenant, Jesus was demonstrating they are now Children of God through Christ. 

Another thing we see here is the miracle, Christ and his disciples didn’t have any money at the time, so he advised Peter to go fishing, and Christ said the first fish you catch will have the money you need in it. By faith Peter obeyed Christ and God provided financially for the disciples. We need to remember this, that God is our provider, when there seems to be no way, God will make a way if we are obedient. Finding money in fish sounds like a bad financial plan, but Peter was faithful to Christ and He provided.

Even though Jesus should never pay a tax for The Temple built essentially for him, Christ did it anyway, to not offend or to be “good citizens” As Christians we are to be the Salt and Light (Matthew 5) we are to obey our government as long as it doesn’t contradict the Law of God (Romans 13) As Jesus declared “We are the Children of God” though Christ , Amen

Matthew 12- Children of God

While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.  Matthew 12:46-50

Here we see Jesus use an incident as a teaching moment of the New Covenant. Mary, the mother of Jesus , and his brothers were looking for Jesus to talk to him. Instead of Jesus immediately acknowledging them, he was teaching us what it meant to be a true Child of God. Some would argue that Jesus was being rude or disrespectful to his mother, however from the gospels we know Jesus and Mary had a very strong relationship, and that is not the case here

Jesus asks the question “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers? Now from a biological sense we know the answer, but Jesus is speaking from a spiritual sense. Christ is trying to teach us that we are Children of God through Him (Christ). Just as the Jews are not saved by their bloodline, we are not Children of God by our bloodline either. We must become Born Again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (John 3:3) We can’t be Children of God, without the regeneration of the Holy Spirit

Jesus said “Whoever does the will of My Father (God) , which is in heaven, is my brother, sister, and mother” What is the will of God the Father? That everyone receives Christ and becomes saved (Matthew 18:14, 2 Peter 3:9) Outside of that Will , you are not a Child of God, outside of Jesus Christ, you can’t be saved (John 14:6, Acts 4:12)

Let me take this one more step further, there is a misconception that everyone is automatically a Child of God. This is not Biblical, we are all made in the Image of God (Genesis 1:27) however we are not all Children of God unless we are Born Again in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28)

Atheists are not Children of God, Muslims are not Children of God, you can only be a Child of God if you are Born Again (John 3:3) Nobody can come to the Father (God) except through Christ (John 14:6) We can’t stand before a Holy God unless we become regenerated or Born Again. Many people claim to know God without Christ, but God doesn’t know them. 

Who are the Children of God? They are the ones who do the Will of The Father, what is the will of The Father? That everyone receives Christ and becomes Born Again (John 3:3), Amen!